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The Recreation and Parks Department seeks to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Hopewell by offering safe, accessible park facilities and a diverse recreational and activities program. The department’s goal is to provide residents with the opportunity to develop new skills, create new interests, learn and teach new hobbies that will enhance and Hopewell Recreation Guide expand citizens’ physical, mental, and social development.
Through capital improvement, projects and on-going maintenance of our nation’s resources, the Recreation and Parks Department manages some of the most action-packed events and facilities in the City.
Prioritizing Play for Children: Non-Profit Organization KaBOOM! Names Hopewell “Playful City USA” Community
Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation, but Hopewell, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as a 2012 Playful City USA community for efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the play deficit and it is through mayors, city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders that the program succeeds in benefiting children.
With this naming we have added new programs centered on play and we recently kicked off our Playground Campaign. We hope to raise money to improve all of our playground sites within the City of Hopewell which consist of ten sites. We are kicking off this campaign with the selection of Mathis Park. We will strive to maintain the status of Playful City as we continue to offer health, wellness and leisure services while we create community through our parks, people, and places.” Read more!